× ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION — Pictured is the committee for the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. Plans are being made for a tour of the church with a historical presentation, Zumba, a banner to adorn the front of the church, and finally a concelebrated mass with Cardinal Tobin on June 1 at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner dance. Commemorative T-shirt will be on sale after every mass starting March 3. A souvenir journal will be published, ads can be obtained by contacting rectory. Pictured with Deacon Micheal, Fr. Sergio and Fr. Hermès are Susana, Marion, Jeanette, Angie and Bill. Not pictured are Irene Padre and Lorraine Hansen.
Memory Lane Cakes has confirmed that, following the conclusion of its consultation, 95 workers at its factory in Cardiff are to be made redundant. The firm, part of Finsbury Food Group, entered into a period of consultation on 3 December 2009 on changes to shift patterns at the premium cake manufacturer. Finsbury had said it was looking to change production from seven to five days a week, with 95 out of Memory Lane’s 1,000 staff at risk of losing their jobs. A joint statement from Memory Lane and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, announced: “Despite efforts from both management and the union to find alternative solutions, it is with regret that the proposed redundancies will go ahead. “These redundancies are being made to protect the viability of the business going forward.”
The £5 million games industry funding, part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, will go to the InGAME project. Led by Abertay University, it brings together a number of games companies, the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews in a dedicated research and development centre. Based in Dundee, it will provide product, service and experience innovation to games companies across the UK. Today’s meeting was a constructive one, with everyone committed to doing everything possible to support the Michelin workers, and help find innovative proposals for a new future for the factory. That is the Action Group’s priority. We also need to ensure the Dundee and wider Tay economies are as robust as possible. That is why I have today announced a £5 million investment in Dundee’s world-leading games industry through the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. I look forward to signing the Tay Cities Deal later this month, which will bring a £150 million UK Government investment to Tayside, boosting jobs and prosperity. Scottish Secretary David Mundell today [12 November 2018] reiterated the UK Government’s commitment to help find a solution to the closure of Dundee’s Michelin factory and provide wider support the region’s economy.Mr Mundell today attended the first meeting of the Michelin Action Group in Dundee, along with the Scottish Government and other partners, to discuss the next steps for the factory.At the meeting the Scottish Secretary also confirmed the UK Government’s wider support for the region by announcing a £5 million investment for innovation and development in Dundee’s world-class gaming industry. He also confirmed the Tay Cities Deal – in which the UK Government is investing £150 million – will be signed on 22 November.Mr Mundell said:
Neil Young & Crazy Horse have been making some big moves lately. Earlier this month, Young and the explosive rock group—which features Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, and Nils Lofgren—reunited for the first the time since 2014 when they hosted a two-night stand in Fresno, CA, featuring a few huge bust outs that hadn’t been played in decades.Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like the fun will be stopping here. In a new interview with Yahoo, Young said, “four or five Crazy Horse albums that have never been heard, that are sitting there ready to come out.” Evidently, the albums will be released via the Neil Young Archives, a densely-packed site that showcases five decades worth of Young’s output, including studio material and vintage live recordings. Additionally, Young has also revealed that an animated film he intended to release with his 1982 electronic music album Trans is finally in the works. The iconic singer-songwriter and guitarist told Yahoo that the movie was never filmed due to disputes with his record label Geffen (the label eventually sued him because his early ‘80s output was “unrepresentative” of his earlier work). While Trans was a commercially and artistically divisive release in its day, the record was Young’s way of making a statement about the difficulty of communicating with his son Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy. According to Young, he is currently planning to produce the 35-minute film with the help of Willie Nelson’s son Micah.[H/T – JamBase]
The Heritage Dinner brought together Saint Mary’s students, faculty and alumnae to share in food and friendship in Stapleton Lounge of Le Mans Hall on Wednesday evening.Sarah Prezek, senior and student government association (SGA) mission chair, said the event is one of the best-loved traditions of Heritage Week at Saint Mary’s.“This is the most formal event of the week, where students have the chance to attend a nicer meal than the average dining hall dinner and to meet other members of the Saint Mary’s community who share in the College’s sisterhood,” Prezek said.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer The dinner featured various members of the Saint Mary’s community as “special guests,” among Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations Shay Jolly, Director of Campus Ministry Judy Fean, Vice President for Enrollment Management Mona Bowe and Assistant Director of Phonathon Kelly Courington, Prezek said.Also on the guest-list were a number of sisters from the Congregation of Holy Cross, including professor of English Sr. Eva Hooker and Sr. Veronique Wiedower, current president of the Congregation, who delivered the keynote address, Prezek said.After a three-course meal, Sr. Wiedower gave a presentation called “Belles Then and Now” on the history of the College. Prezek said the presentation included a slideshow of photos from past students and places on campus that have changed drastically through the years.Senior Madison Maidment said this was her favorite part of the event, as she learned more about the College than she knew before.“My favorite picture shown during Sister’s presentation was of an equestrian competition in front of Le Mans Hall,” Maidment said. “Sister said the green field in front of the building that we know as ‘alumnae green’ used to be used for horseback-riding by the students back in the day.”After the presentation, students mingled with other guests and were encouraged to share in their “Saint Mary’s heritage” from the “past, present and into the future,” Prezek said.“I think one of the most successful parts of the dinner was that students were able to just sit with sisters at their tables and get to know them,” Prezek said. “It’s so important for current students to realize how much the sisters do and have done for the College through the years, and having that solidarity with them is one of the best parts of attending Saint Mary’s.”Senior Nora Clougherty said she was also thankful for the opportunity to socialize with the sisters.“I loved getting the chance to talk to some of the sisters because they are such wonderful women,” Clougherty said. “Sharing stories with them was so great, and the presentation of ‘Belles Then and Now’ was awesome to see how much Saint Mary’s has grown and to see how much it still remains the same.”There more events scheduled this week will further showcase Saint Mary’s heritage and traditions. A poetry reading is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. in Cushwa-Leighton Library, where Prezek said students and professors will read poems that address the theme of Saint Mary’s. Some poems date as far back as 1892 from the College’s earliest publications, she said.At 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, there will be tours of the Heritage Room in the convent.“The tour is a great way for students to learn more about the sisters – the people who founded the College and made it into the place it is today,” Prezek said.The week’s events conclude Friday with a trivia game during lunch in Noble Family Dining Hall, where students can win a variety of prizes based on heritage and history questions about Saint Mary’s.Tags: heritage dinner, Heritage Week, heritage week 2015, saint mary’s, saint mary’s heritage, sarah prezek, sister veronique wiedower
On Tuesday, girls from Saint Mary’s Communicative Sciences and Disorders department rose before the sun to begin their journey down to the Indianapolis Statehouse for Legislative Day, which gives students the opportunity to speak face to face with state legislators about bills and laws that will directly affect them and their profession.Saint Mary’s sophomore Alexandria Leonardo said students, as future citizens of the world, have a responsibility to fix the problems society faces.“It’s very important for students to advocate. We’re the next generation,” Leonardo said. “We are the world. Something that is an issue to us will be an issue to the next generation if we don’t fix it; if we aren’t the ones to fix this issue then it’s gonna keep going.” The Saint Mary’s students discussed Senate Bill-189 amongst themselves during a session in the morning before heading over to the Indiana State House. The bill would issue emergency permits to people who have not had full training in the speech-language pathology and audiology fields.The bill is a major point of concern for both professional politicians and Saint Mary’s students, Leonardo said.“I’m very passionate about my major and what I’m studying to be and I believe that this issue with the emergency bill permits is a very problematic thing for our profession — and not only for the SLP’s and audiologists, but also the patients that we are serving and treating,” she said.After the morning session, the group headed across the street to begin campaigning for the dismissal of SB-189 from the floor. At the luncheon served for the event students, teachers and legislators mingled and discussed the contentious bill. Senior Emma Lewis said speaking with representatives was a valuable opportunity she particularly enjoyed.“I got to talk to two representatives and really see their reaction to the stories that I’ve experienced with children who have been misdiagnosed,” Lewis said. “In a lot of ways, it’s easy to see how this bill can be construed as a good thing. But these senators need to hear from people with experience, from people with the education, to really understand how this bill works when it is put into effect.” There are hopes that Tuesday will change the mindsets of Indiana legislators, Leonardo said.“I really want there to be awareness for the legislators of how problematic and important this issue is to us,” she said. Lewis said the Legislative Day trip was also important to students as one of their last chances to travel with Saint Mary’s.“[I want] to make an impact on the world, and that’s kind of what Saint Mary’s has us do anyway,” she said. “I felt like as a senior, I really need to be here, because if there’s anything that I can do to make sure that I leave something good behind from Saint Mary’s showing up to the state house.” Tags: Civil Service, Indianapolis, Legislative Day, Politics, public policy, State Politics, travel
University President Fr. John Jenkins urged Notre Dame students, faculty and staff to follow new safety protocols to ensure the completion of the semester in an email Wednesday.All community members must wear a mask, practice physical distancing, wash their hands frequently and complete the daily health check in order to ensure safety for all community members upon return to campus.“The special character of the current challenge is that success does not depend on the actions of a single individual nor on each person’s commitment simply to take care of his or her own health,” Jenkins said.Three faculty members have been developing a model to determine the spread of COVID-19 under different scenarios. According to the model, “the difference between only 60% of us wearing masks as required compared to 90% or more doing so could be the difference between our having to shut down campus again or having a successful, safe semester here,” Jenkins said.As the health of community members relies on compliance to the safety practices, student violation of the standards will be considered a disciplinary matter with the possibility of expulsion from campus. Faculty and staff who fail to comply may face serious sanctions including dismissal.“We have the chance to show the world how to continue the work of the University in the midst of the threat of this terrible virus,” Jenkins said. “Success depends on the choices we make individually and collectively.”Tags: COVID-19, John Jenkins, masks, safety protocols
By Dialogo June 12, 2012 GUATEMALA CITY — Security forces arrested two alleged members of a Mexican drug cartel, one of whom is suspected of taking part in a 2011 massacre of 27 farm workers, President Otto Pérez said June 11. “These captures are important because they are killers, they are members of the Zetas’ operational group,” Pérez told reporters. Abel de Jesús Bolvito Sánchez was arrested June 10 along with another alleged member of the Zetas drug gang, Pérez said. Pérez said investigators believe Bolvito Sánchez took part in a massacre on May 11, 2011 of 27 farm workers whose decapitated bodies were found on a ranch in northern Guatemala. The Zetas also were accused of the murder of a prosecutor, Allan Stowlinsky Vidaurre, who was kidnapped days after the massacre. His dismembered body was found in Alta Verapaz, a region near the Petén peninsula. Bolvito was captured at a soccer game in the town of Salama in Baja Verapaz, 170 kilometers (105 miles) north of Guatemala City, Pérez said. Also taken into custody was Edwin Otoniel Sis, another alleged Zetas member. [AFP, 11/06/2012; S21.com.gt (Guatemala), 11/06/2012]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York To the rest of the world, America means Hollywood and Hollywood is America. So that’s why I got a special kick out of Amy Poehler’s quip at the recent Golden Globes awards ceremony about Kathryn Bigelow, the supremely talented director of “Zero Dark Thirty,” whose movie recounting the operation leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden has come under fire for its portrayal of CIA-directed interrogation of al-Qaida militants.“When it comes to torture, I trust a lady who spent three years married to James Cameron!” Poehler said to the appreciative Beverly Hills crowd who know a thing or two about torturous marriages.As for the issue itself, Huffington Post’s Dan Froomkin says no one should see this movie because it glorifies torture or, at least, doesn’t condemn it strongly enough.But this superbly nuanced film itself makes no such claim, and the central character, an obsessive CIA agent played by Jessica Chastain, gets the clues she needs to find bin Laden through other means. Having an American movie audience confront, albeit in the comfort of their theater seats, the full implications of what Dick Cheney and fellow war criminal Donald Rumsfeld dubbed “enhanced interrogation techniques” is commendable and I welcome the controversy because it promises to be cathartic. Better late than never.In fact, three of the top films in the running for Golden Globes and the Oscars do say a lot about our current state of politics and our relationship with the world. Escapism is not the theme that ties together “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Argo” (about rescuing American hostages held by Iran in 1980) and “Lincoln.” It’s an unusual triple play of contemporary relevance.I’m not surprised that “Argo” beat both “Lincoln” and “Zero” for the Globe’s best drama because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed the award. Abraham Lincoln is an American archetype, and a film about him is never going to resonate as deeply elsewhere. We grow up with his profile in our pockets, for heaven’s sake. “Argo” is basically a more conventional Hollywood film, even with a movie producer played to perfection by Alan Arkin who green-lights a fake Hollywood film as key to the hostages’ rescue (and even makes a joke about the Golden Globes award ceremony on screen). It’s a hoot compared to “Zero Dark Thirty,” which is much harder to take and more demanding to watch, because it deals with hot-button events so current they’re still smoldering—and making the news as the controversy shows.Bigelow and her screenwriter Mark Boal were right to include torture scenes in the narrative. American audiences should face the moral implications of what’s involved to promote or defend American interests. To argue that “Zero Dark Thirty” should focus on the moral complexities of our going to war against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan, let alone our subsequent invasion of Iraq, is disingenuous at best. This is not some jingoistic, rah-rah rave-up like President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” pep rally held on the carrier deck of the aptly named USS Abraham Lincoln. Of course, Americans should understand the background of Osama bin Laden’s radicalism, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and his violent animosity toward the West. This movie assumes that smart people will already know some of that context. It’s not a homework assignment; it’s entertainment. If it does encourage more informed people to discuss those issues, so be it. Jessica Chastain (left), who won a Globe for best actress, noted that its first weekend box-office returns ($24 million) could have come “because everyone’s talking about it, they want to be involved in the conversation.”What price do we pay for our security? We’re under increased surveillance here at home and we don’t seem to mind. It’s time to talk about it. The rest of the world is well aware of our history and our actions abroad. This movie is about much more than one woman’s obsession with getting back at bin Laden because he attacked the U.S. on 9/11. But unlike most other revenge movies, “Zero Dark Thirty” is on a sublime level all its own.We go into the theatre knowing, in essence, how the story ends, but because of Bigelow’s artistry we are glued to our seats. “Argo” may occasionally raise our adrenaline higher—particularly the Hollywood-inspired final reel—but we know how that story ended also.Some of the arguments against “Zero Dark Thirty” don’t hold up to scrutiny. To compare Kathryn Bigelow to Leni Riefenstahl, the German director whose “Triumph of the Will” will be forever clouded by its unmitigated hero-worship of the Third Reich, is so problematic and tendentious as to be ludicrous. Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and her “The Hurt Locker” are not propaganda films. Besides, Riefenstahl’s artistry is clearly acknowledged by her detractors and supporters alike. Was she a war criminal? I don’t believe so. Saying that Bigelow, who has been a trailblazing woman in the male-dominated bastion of Hollywood, is an apologist for U.S. foreign policy because her films after 9/11 aren’t sufficiently politically correct in their criticism of our country is a specious intellectual exercise. Of course, as a successful American filmmaker with big money backing her, she’s not immune from the pervasive influences of our cultural dominance. Blame her for trying to reach a mass audience, not an art house crowd.But don’t disparage the film with a false consciousness. By the same measure, should we hold Ben Affleck accountable for not fully explaining in “Argo” how—and why—the U.S. propped up the unpopular Shah of Iran for so long? Maybe in a classroom or a chat room. Just remember he made a Hollywood movie, not an anti-American indie screed—although he was certainly free to do so.It’s great that as the Oscars approach, American filmgoers have such worthy contenders vying for their attention, each raising valid issues about this country, although in different degrees of drollery.As the 2012 election showed—and the post-Sandy Congressional aid fight has amplified—our deeply divided country is facing severe problems that must be resolved if we are to progress. I thought it was brilliant that Steven Spielberg withheld “Lincoln” until after the election so the healing process could begin just as our 16th president desired to bring both sides together after the Civil War. The lineage from Abraham Lincoln to Barrack Obama is very clear indeed, and the reactionary rump Republican Party so dominant in the South is certainly the heir to the Confederacy today. No American movie I’ve ever seen depicts the political process so magnificently—all the unsightly ingredients that go into getting legislation passed. I loved it. I also enjoyed “Argo” immensely and thought “Zero Dark Thirty” was brilliant and “Lincoln” truly profound.Hooray for Hollywood.
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